Climax!: Casino Royale
American Agent Jimmy Bond (Barry Nelson) plays baccarat for high stakes with a Soviet agent (Peter Lorre) who needs to win to cover his embezzlement of party funds and will stop at nothing to get 80 million Francs.
Run time 51 minutes 49 secondsAudio/Visual sound
Season 1, Episode 3 (1954)
November 13, 2016
In many ways, closer to the novel than the 2006 movie
There are some major liberties taken in this version of Casino Royale (most notably combining Vesper and Mathis into "Valerie Mathis," changing the torture scene, and switching up the nationalities of the characters) but very few of the changes can't be justified based on the format. Overall, the story is truer to the novel and seeing Barry Nelson's American "Jimmy" Bond is fascinating. The only complaint from a viewers perspective is that there is a notable drop in video quality shortly before the end. One has to remember that this was once considered lost and footage was pieced together from two sources. Without this lower quality footage, the ending would not exist. Since this version does end differently from both the novel and the 2006 version of the film (and the 1967 film is "Casino Royale" is an even further deviation from the original story), losing the end would be a real tragedy for anyone examining how different cultures and times viewed Ian Fleming's iconic character. Besides, one can't argue with a version of James Bond that can be enjoyed in only 51 minutes.
April 22, 2012
Casino Royale (Climax)
Season 1, episode 3.
Original air date: 21 October 1954.
Cast: Barry Nelson (James Bond/ Jimmy Bond), Peter Lorre (Le Chiffre), Linda Cristian (Valerie Mathis), Michael Pate (Clarence Leiter), Eugene Borden (chef de Parte), Jean DeVal (Croupier), Gene Roth (Le Chiffre`s Henchman), Kurt Katch (Le Chiffre`s Henchman) and William Lundigan (Host).
First on-screen appearance of James Bond.